Thinking of arranging an author visit? Here’s a few things to help you plan your day.
The Benefits of an Author Visit
Of course I’m bound to tell you how important author visits can be for pupils! But don’t take my word for it. There’s been lots of research done that shows the great benefits of getting authors into schools. You can find some of it here: http://www.societyofauthors.org/author-visits-primary-and-secondary-schools
Who is the for?
My books are aimed at boys and girls aged 9 to 14 and upwards, so any class from Year 5 and older should find this of benefit. The themes of time travel, action, adventure with elements of fantasy and science fiction make it appealing to older teens as well. History plays a big part in Sorrowline and Timesmith, specifically 1940 and World War Two. I explore what it must have felt like to experience some of those terrifying events.
I have lots of experience with reluctant readers and have delivered workshops as part of the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars programme.
What to expect on the day
The day usually consists of me delivering a talk and two workshops plus a book signing. It’s important to include at least one talk, but you’re free to decide which workshop options you’d prefer or to repeat a talk to another group later in the day. Many pupils like to buy a book so I also do at least one book signing session. I also offer Half Day and Single Session options. The most successful events are usually set up like this:
- I start with my talk, so the pupils know a bit about me before they go into a workshop. Fill up your hall with as many pupils as you wish.
- Two one-hour workshops, content discussed and approved by the participating school.
- A teacher-supervised book signing session during lunch break. I bring my own food so you don’t need to feed me, but a cup of tea will make me very happy!
I can also deliver single, half day talks & workshops or longer residencies. Just let me know what you need.